JOBS: Persistence Pays off When Job Hunting; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
MANY industries are highly competitive and oversubscribed, often making job hunting a depressing proposition.
This is particularly true for those trying to get back into employment after a break or redundancy, or those trapped in a job they hate because they keep getting knocked back.
The pictures can be even bleaker for those trying to get a foot in the door when starting a career.
Some professions are so notoriously difficult to get into that even a work experience role can be elusive, let alone a salaried position.
But don't despair because Fish4jobs has published a guide not only to help you cope with rejection but also to offer practical tips on using the experience to your advantage.
Coping with rejection
Remind yourself that you're not alone in getting knocked back - in some professions applicants can expect an average of 30 rejection letters before getting an interview
Be confident and proud of what you've previously achieved. Talk to a fried or trusted colleague - they can often help you to see the positive side.
Feelings of rejection can run highest when turned down after an interview. Rather than dwell on what the interviewer didn't like about you, congratulate yourself on getting the interview as many applicants don't even make it that far.
Remember previous hurdles you have overcome and focus on pursuing the job of your dreams.
Don't give up. Put it down to experience and don't be put off trying again.
Use the experience of being rejected to your advantage
Ask for feedback and advice on what the interviewer thought of you: what were your strongest points, and what, if anything, let you down.
Think about questions that you struggled with in the last interview and think about what you could have said.
If you are constantly being knocked back, review recent interviews then write a list of possible reasons why you didn't get the job. Compare these with a list of your attributes, qualifications and skills.
Prioritise a list of companies you really want to work for and develop an action plan to ensure you remain proactive and single minded in prioritising your job hunting efforts into the companies that are top of your list. …